HOW TO CLEAN 18K GOLD-PLATED JEWELRY


If you’re a fan of 18k gold-plated jewelry, you know it looks absolutely stunning. But on the flip side, it can easily lose its radiance if not taken care of properly. So if you want to make sure your 18k gold-plated jewelry stays in pristine condition, here are a few tips and tricks to help you out.

 


HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN 18K GOLD-PLATED JEWELRY?


Believe it or not, cleaning your 18k gold-plated jewelry too often can wear down the plating. Only clean your gold-plated jewelry when it appears to be dull or dirty. If you wear your jewelry every day, it's best to clean it at least once a week. However, if you only break it out for special occasions, monthly cleaning should suffice.


Chemicals found in most jewelry cleaners can damage 18k gold-plated jewelry, making it appear dull and discolored. When cleaning your gold-plated jewelry, it is important only to use a mild soap and warm water solution no more than once a week. Also, avoid using harsh chemicals.


Furthermore, after donning gold-plated jewelry, take a moment to wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. This will eliminate fingerprints, smudges, and dirt that can accumulate and make the gold coating look dull over time.



THE WATER+SOAP METHOD:


If your gold-plated jewelry has lost its luster, follow these easy steps to clean it at home. You'll need only a few simple household ingredients that you likely already have on hand. In no time, you'll have sparkling clean jewelry!


Supplies:
  • All-natural liquid soap
  • Warm Water
  • Small bowl
  • Clean, microfiber cloth
  • Cotton ball
  • Cotton swab

 


METHOD ONE: THE SOAKING METHOD:


  • Combine one cup of warm water with a few drops of all-natural dishwashing detergent in a small bowl.


  • Soak your jewelry in the soapy water for 10 minutes (unless it is embellished jewelry with gems, pearls, or enamel).


  • Rinse your jewelry under warm water, then dry it with a clean and soft cloth.


  • Allow your 18k gold-plated jewelry to air-dry before storing the pieces.



METHOD TWO: THE COTTON SWAB METHOD


  • Combine one cup of warm water with a few drops of all-natural dishwashing detergent in a small bowl.


  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away the grime lightly. If you apply too much pressure or use a sharp object, you risk scratching the gold layer.


  • Use a cotton swab dipped in the solution to clean surfaces and small crevices in hard-to-reach places (such as intricately carved items).


  • Rinse your jewelry under warm water, then dry it with a clean and soft cloth.


  • Allow your 18k gold-plated jewelry to air-dry before storing the pieces.



WRAPPING UP


With these simple steps, you can keep your 18k gold-plated jewelry looking as good as new. Just remember to avoid using harsh chemicals or hot water on the gold layer; use a damp cloth and mild soap solution instead. Regularly wiping down your pieces after each wear will also help preserve the luster of your jewelry.Happy cleaning!